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Posted: December 8, 2011
Another stomach-turning, six-round session of PGA Tour Q-School is in the books, with Pro V1x loyalist Richard H. Lee the most likely poster boy from this year's graduating class.Lee, a former All-American at the University of Washington, played his final five holes in 5-under-par Sunday afternoon at PGA West, rolling his Pro V1x golf ball in for birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 to secure his 2012 PGA Tour card by a shot.On 18, Lee (pictured, inset) hit his approach from 142 yards directly into the blaring sun, toward a green guarded by both water and bunkers. He blocked the rays with his right hand as his Pro V1x landed on the front of the green, bounced once and checked up 7 feet from the hole, leaving him just two putts from one of the best jobs in golf. He only needed one.Such dramatics are a constant every year at Q-School. As are Titleist equipment players at the top of the leader board.Twenty of the 27 players that earned 2012 PGA Tour cards trusted Titleist golf balls for their success, including Q-School medalist and Pro V1x loyalist Brendan Todd, who closed with a 4-under 68 to shoot a six-round total of 17-under 415.Titleist Brand Ambassadors Bobby Gates (T-3), Seung-yul Noh (T-3), Jarrod Lyle (T-5), Will Claxton (T-18) and Mark Anderson (T-24) all earned full playing privileges next season trusting Pro V1x golf balls, Titleist 910 drivers and fairways metals, 712 Series irons, Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges and Scotty Cameron putters.At 20 years old, Noh (pictured above) was the youngest qualifier but certainly not the least accomplished, having already won the European Tour and registered top-30 finishes in the 2011 U.S. Open and Open Championship. He will join Claxton and Anderson as rookies on the 2012 PGA Tour.As for victory celebrations, look to Lyle and fellow Pro V1x loyalist Vaughn Taylor, each of whom tied for fifth to earn their return trips to the PGA Tour.Lyle is getting married Saturday in Australia. Taylor's scheduled to tie the knot Saturday in the Bahamas.Of the 173 players at the final stage, 121 played a Titleist golf ball, more than seven times the nearest competitor with 16. Titleist was also No. 1 in Iron Sets (49), Putters (53) and Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (150).Here's a closer look at the Titleist equipment used by the Titleist
Brand Ambassadors and golf ball loyalists in earning their 2012 PGA Tour
card (listed by finish at Q-School):• Pro V1 players: T-5. Vaughn Taylor; T-18. Scott Dunlap; T-27*. Nathan Green.• Pro V1x players: 1. Brendon Todd; T-5. Tommy Biershenk; T-8. Bob Estes; T-13. Roberto Castro, Jeff Maggert, Harris English; T-18. Patrick Sheehan; T-18. Greg Owen, Daniel Summerhays, Edward Loar; T-24. Richard H. Lee.T-3. Seung-yul Noh Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 9.5 (Graphite Design Tour AD EV 7)Fairway: Titleist 910Fd 13.5 (Mitsubishi Fubuki 83)Iron: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 3-4 (True Temper Project X)Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 5-9 (True Temper Project X)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 48º, 54º, 60º (True Temper Project X)Putter: Scotty Cameron Califorina Del MarT-3. Bobby Gates Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 9.5 (Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 60)Fairway: Titleist 910F 13.5 (Mitsubishi Diamana 'kaili 80)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 18.0 (Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 90)Iron: Titleist CB (712 Series) 3 (True Temper Project X)Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 4-9 (True Temper Project X)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 48º, 54º, 58º (True Temper Project X)Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi LongT-5. Jarrod LyleBall: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5 (Mitsubishi Diamana 'ahina 60)Fairway: Titleist 909F2 13.5 (Mitsubishi Diamana White)Iron: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 3-5 (NS Pro Prototype)Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 6-9 (NS Pro Prototype)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 48º, 56º, TVD60º (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Putter: Scotty Cameron NewportT-18. Will Claxton Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 10.5 (Fujikura Motore Speeder 6.0)Fairway: Titleist 910F 15.0 (UST Mayima Axiv Core 79)Irons: Titleist MB (712 Series) 4-PW (True Temper Project X)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52º, 58º (True Temper Project X)Putter: Scotty Cameron KombiT-24. Mark Anderson Ball: Titleist Pro V1xDriver: Titleist 910D3 8.5º (UST Mayima Pro Force 76)Fairway metal: Titleist 910Fd 15º (Aldila VooDoo XVS8)Hybrid: Titleist 910H 19º (Aldila VooDoo XVS9)Irons: Titleist AP2 (712 Series) 4-PW (True Temper Dynamic Gold)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 52º, 58º & 62º (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)Putter: Scotty Cameron Kombi Long*One other competitor that tied for 27th also played a Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
Posted: December 6, 2011
Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy closed out the UBS Hong Kong Open with a new Vokey Design SM4 wedge in his hands and a wider-than-usual smile on his face.Standing in a greenside bunker on the 18th hole at Hong Kong GC Sunday afternoon, McIlroy used his new Vokey Design SM4 60•04º wedge to splash his Pro V1x golf ball out of the sand, on a direct line toward the pin.Seconds later, his Pro V1x dropped into the hole for birdie, confirming a come-from-behind, two-shot victory in what McIlroy regards as one of his favorite events.“I just hit a perfect bunker shot, and once it landed on the green, it never looked anywhere else and I think you could see how much that meant to me,” said McIlroy, one of four Titleist golf ball players to record victories last weekend across the worldwide professional tours. Titleist golf ball players have now combined for 173 wins across the
worldwide professional tours in 2011, more than six times the nearest
competitor with 27 and more than all competitors combined.“When the ball went in the hole, I think that's the most excited I've maybe ever been on a golf course...," he said. "This is definitely one of my favorite tournaments. To be able to win it is fantastic and I couldn't be happier.” It marked the second victory for McIlroy since adding new Titleist MB (712 Series) irons and Vokey Design SM4 wedges to his bag following a fitting session at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October.McIlroy, who also won the Shanghai Masters in early November, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 to finish at 12-under 268, two strokes clear of Pro V1x loyalist Gregory Havret.For the week, McIlroy led the field in Greens in Regulation at 80.6 percent."To come from behind, and to draw level after nine holes and then to play very solid golf on the back nine and be able to close it out, it's something I probably haven't done before," said McIlroy, who started the day three strokes behind the leaders."Yeah, it was a different win, but it would be nice to be walking up the last with a four‑shot lead every time, but that's just not going to happen. It was nice to finish it off like this."McIlroy was one of 83 players in the field that relied on Titleist golf balls for their success, nearly four times the nearest competitor with 21 and more than all other golf balls combined.Here's a closer look at Rory McIlroy's Titleist equipment:Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Titleist 910D2 8.5º, C•2 SureFit Tour hosel setting (Fujikura Rombax 7V05)
Fairway metals: Titleist 906F2 13º & 18º (Fujikura Pro95)
Irons: Titleist 712 MB 3-9 (Project X Rifle 7.0)Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled SM4 46•07º, 54•08º, 60•04º (Project X Rifle 6.5)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS prototype• SUNSHINE TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Lee Westwood successfully defended his title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, breaking a course record in the process.Westwood's 10-under 62 in Round 3 at Sun City gave him a commanding seven-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round.He closed with a steady 1-over 73 for a 15-under 273 total and two-shot victory, the 36th worldwide victory of his career and third of 2011. Westwood also triumphed at the European Tour's Ballantine's Championship in May and claimed the title at the Asian Tour's Indonesian Masters in April."Today wasn't going to be easy, going out with such a big lead," Westwood said. "When you've got a big lead you're never sure how to play. I tried to just break it down into fairways and greens. That wasn't possible all the time but I didn't make any silly mistakes out there."Titleist Brand Ambassador Robert Karlsson (Pro V1x) finished second at 13-under 275, while Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner (Pro V1) shared third at 11-under 277. Titleist Brand Ambassador Kyung-tae Kim (Pro V1x) finished solo-fifth at 8-under 280.• JAPAN TOUR: Pro V1 loyalist Hiroyuki Fujita made it back-to-back wins at the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup, claiming victory on the second hole of a playoff with Pro V1x loyalist Toru Taniguchi.Fujita closed with a tournament-best 6-under 64 that included two eagle putts exceeding 50 feet. He finish the weather-shortened event at 6-under 200. Taniguchi shot a final-round 65 to get into the playoff.Last year, Fujita rolled his Pro V1 golf ball in for eagle on the 17th hole to secure a one-shot victory.Fujita now has 11 career wins on the Japan Tour.Titleist was the top choice in golf balls at the limited field event with 14.
Titleist was also first in drivers (T-6); hybrids (33); iron sets (T-6); and sand, lob and approach wedges (28).• AUSTRALASIAN TOUR: Pro V1x loyalist Brad Kennedy closed out a wire-to-wire victory at the New Zealand Open, rolling in a 30-foot putt for birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Kennedy, who finished 29th this season on the Japan Tour money list, posted rounds of 68-71-68-74 for a 7-under 281 total and his second Australasian Tour victory in 14 months."I've never gone wire to wire. Most of my good finishes have been coming from behind, so it was a little bit of a different feeling," he said. "But I just kept doing what I needed to do. I stayed fairly aggressive all through the day."Kennedy was one of 10 Titleist golf ball players to finish in the top 10 on the final leader board. In total, 100 players trusted Titleist golf balls for their success at the New Zealand Open, more than three times the nearest competitor with 33 and more than all competitors combined.